Women on board: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 07/05/2012 First transmission: 07/05/2012
On 7 May 2012, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, participated in a press briefing on "Women on board" in Brussels with Lella Golfo, Member of the Italian Parliament, Alessia Mosca, Member of the Italian Parliament, and Federiga Bindi, Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Brussels.
Viviane Reding recently complemented her initiative to obtain more gender balance in European boardrooms by joining together with Europe’s leading business schools and female leaders on Corporate Boards to support their launch of a “Call to Action” to shatter the glass ceilings which impede senior women executives from acceding to corporate boardroom seats throughout Europe.
Companies across Europe are picking up this message and deciding for themselves how to improve the gender balance, recruit more female talent and benefit from a potential source of sustainable growth.
In 2010, women on average made up 12% of board members in the biggest publicly-listed companies across the EU. Only 3% were board chairs.
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||Arrival of Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Lella Golfo, Member of the Italian Parliament, Alessia Mosca, Member of the Italian Parliament, and Federiga Bindi, Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Brussels, to the press briefing on Women on board, held in Brussels.
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): You know that we have started first in Europe with asking for self regulation and one year later we saw that self regulation had not led to any real progress. The only progress which had been made was in countries where national court has laws that are operational, for instance in France, where the participation of women on the listed companies board went from 12 to 24 percent in one year. In other countries, unfortunately the progress is very stubborn, and that is why now we have started the public consultation.
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||Soundbite by Lella Golfo, Member of the Italian Parliament, (in ITALIAN) saying that making a permanent observation on women's issues, she achieved, at the time she joined the Parliament, to carry this law, called "epocale" law. What does this mean? That they will soon have almost 638 more women on boards of administration compared to the 187 they have now. It means that there will be many women, nearly 400 in controlled companies, at least in the first term, and then adhere to the second and third, because, this law lasts only 9 years.
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||Soundbite by Alessia Mosca, Member of the Italian Parliament, (in ITALIAN) saying that she think there are two important news to be announced today, the first is that although the law has not entered into force, it will do in august 2012, we have already found some very positive signs of a significant increase in the percentage of women who have entered the boards of administration.
||Departure of the speakers